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The “Biased” Greek-Cypriot Musician Breaking Norms to Success

Arriving at a modern, brick-built apartment block, taking a glance up high; Christopher Elia realized that he’s made it in the world’s most renowned city. Passionate, fiery eyes constantly looking around and staring at Brooklyn’s hot neighborhood, Bushwick, which he could now call his home. This is where his journey as an artist was initiated, and how the ‘alter ego’ BIASED BEAST was born.

“BIASED BEAST was created for one to save oneself. When your dreams and beliefs are so vast and so strong, embracing the full depth of your creativity and talent can be lifesaving. I found myself hooked to this dogma of pure love and incessant art in all forms, that I felt like a Beast truly. A beast biased for love and personal freedom. Letting go fully into my true skin has transformed me into a better human, kinder artist, and wilder performer,” he told The National Herald.

Opening act BIASED BEAST and his band at Fotaerio in Athens. Photo: Nikos Arvanitis

Initially, Christopher moved to New York City from Cyprus with the dream to be an actor, studying at Stella Adler’s Studio of Acting, one of the city’s most prestigious schools of its kind. Legends of the industry like Robert DeNiro, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek, and Marlon Brando have passed through the conservatory, marking notable careers.

Acting, however, wasn’t the only path he wished to take, as singing had always been a living passion. In 2020, producer Arthur Pingrey crossed paths with BIASED BEAST, releasing his first single, ‘Busy’, a pop/rock song which now has over 100,000 streams on Spotify. Busy was written by BIASED BEAST himself, talking about time passing by, lost opportunities, and love. Later in the year, his second single, ‘I Am You’ thrived reaching 125,000 streams on the popular music streaming platform.

“I’ve had the absolute pleasure to have had my first two singles produced by the legendary Arthur Pingrey, producer of countless hits who has worked with the likes of Sia, Sting, Liza Minnelli etc. That’s where the city came in handy because it brought me close to artists such as Arthur. I reached out to him myself of course, but after seeing my work he believed in me and still does, and that for me is priceless. I look forward to my future releases with him.”

BIASED BEAST performing at Fotaerio in Athens, Greece. Photo by Nikos Arvanitis

With competition rising as we spoke, the music industry is known as a tough one to survive in. Risks and sacrifices come hand in hand, with uniqueness being a major characteristic in what will differentiate you from the rest. BIASED BEAST is a musician with great potential, one that can perform to impress, yet also leave listeners in awe with his vocals. New York City has enabled him to discover diversity, versatility, and drive in a way no other place in the world has.

“I’ve had good fortune in the greatest city of them all – met giants of the industry and fully materialized my persona and career. I saw all these massive dreams come to reality one by one but I’m only getting started. That’s the beauty of New York. Its spirit and fuel run ample for creatives such as myself, you just have to have the drive and work ethic to see it through to the end.”

BIASED BEAST during his photoshoot for his new single “Midnight High.” Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Elia

Now performing with some of the greatest names in Greek music, Paola and Stelios Rokkos, at Fotaerio in Athens, Greece, BIASED BEAST mirrors all he has experienced in the city within his performances. Whether that’s his eccentric outfits, wild curly hair, or bold stage moves, his New York City influences are certainly apparent, introducing the audience to a fresh, music perspective.

Photoshoot for BIASED BEAST’S new music coming soon. Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Elia

More on BIASED BEAST’S latest music can be found on his website: https://biasedbeast.com/ and Instagram: @biasedbeast.

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